When should I call my doctor about my sore throat?

Most of the time, a sore throat isn’t a sign of a serious condition. You should call your doctor if your sore throat lasts longer than a few days. Your doctor will determine what is causing your symptoms.

See your doctor right away if you also have:

  • Trouble breathing or swallowing.
  • A visible bulge in the back of the throat.
  • Excessive drooling (in young children).
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm.
  • Severe throat pain.
  • Extreme tiredness.
  • A fever, especially if it’s over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Headache.
  • Stomach ache, nausea/vomiting (usually in children).
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Rash anywhere on your body.
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as body aches and cough.
  • Pain in your ears.

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